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Tytherington take two

With cold fog building by the minute, here's the second 6Z31 from Westbury to Tytherington, ready to go in the Up Yard with class 66 pioneer 66001 at the helm. In it's 22 years, this loco has been repainted from EWS maroon to DB red (originally with Schenker branding before being updated to 'large logo') and modified with tripcock equipment, used when DB used to operate the RHTT that covers the London Underground lines around Marylebone. This is the extra pipework above the coupling. In addition, this and 66002 both lack the swing head buckeye couplings that the rest of the DB fleet carry. The first running of 6Z31 last Wednesday can be seen here 

The first one

Ready to go in the Up Yard at Westbury, 66044 is at the head of 6Z31, the first train to Tytherington after weeks of road learning by DB Cargo's Wiltshire Hub drivers. The blue VTG JNAs would be loaded with stone for offload at the DB terminal at Cricklewood in London. A quick grab shot, but worth recording for posterity.

 

The link to Flickr auto displayed the photo of last week's train, so I've added that caption too.

 

Jo

 

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Can't believe the Heathrow units are off for scrap Rob, they still look modern!

Here's another from last night.

Foggy Fareham

 

A cold December fog has descended over Westbury Down Yard during the night. At one point visibility was only about 70 or 80 metres which made things fun! 66601 is sat on top of 7O35 for Fareham.

 

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51 minutes ago, Steadfast said:

Can't believe the Heathrow units are off for scrap Rob, they still look modern!

Here's another from last night.

Foggy Fareham

 

A cold December fog has descended over Westbury Down Yard during the night. At one point visibility was only about 70 or 80 metres which made things fun! 66601 is sat on top of 7O35 for Fareham.

 

Jo

 

 

I agree , I almost spit my tea out when another fellow standing there told me 

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Nice bit of window frame use there Nidge @Rugd1022.

One thing your photo of 66603 does show is how little care has gone into the placement of the zero injuries stickers. Those locos with a yellow square by the window have had the sticker put over the top, instead of directly above it. There's room to do so, but I guess someone decided yellow and white text over a yellow square was ok! Second man's side on the small cab, it could go under the yellow square, or above the grill next to the overhead wire sticker. 

 

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On 08/12/2020 at 16:27, Steadfast said:

Nice bit of window frame use there Nidge @Rugd1022.

One thing your photo of 66603 does show is how little care has gone into the placement of the zero injuries stickers. Those locos with a yellow square by the window have had the sticker put over the top, instead of directly above it. There's room to do so, but I guess someone decided yellow and white text over a yellow square was ok! Second man's side on the small cab, it could go under the yellow square, or above the grill next to the overhead wire sticker. 

 

Jo

 

It's funny but those 'zero injury' stickers are everywhere now s we tend not to notice them, it's a bit like having too much roadside furniture, it just becomes background fuzz after a while and becomes counter productive.

 

The cab window frame shot just presented itself once I'd come to a stand after setting the wagons back, just in the right spot ;).

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6 hours ago, Rugd1022 said:

those 'zero injury' stickers are everywhere now s we tend not to notice them,

I've seen a few that have alternative words written over 'injuries' in the cab! The little things make me chuckle!

 

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4 hours ago, Peter Kazmierczak said:

Whilst the world and his dog were up in the murky Midlands taking pictures of the "New Blue Pullman", I was at Southampton Maritime Container Terminal in the sunshine.

 


It wasn’t murky in the afternoon at Comberford (Tamworth)...even got a shed as well...not from Southampton (wouldn’t that have been a good link!) but working to Crewe Basford Hall from Felixstowe. This turn was a double class 86 regular until very recently:

 

Freightliner 66566 - 4M87, Comberford

(Flickr link)
 

The froth express (it did look and sound superb) passed shortly after...

 

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It's almost exactly six years since the contract for the Lindsey Oil Refinery - Preston Docks bitumen tank workings moved from DB Cargo to Colas Rail Freight.

 

Colas operated the service initially using its class 60s, until they were sold on, but for the last few years double-headed class 56s or a solo class 70 have been the booked traction.  Only on a very few occasions in the early days did Colas use one of their class 66s.

 

So it was a bit of a surprise when a DB Cargo 66 turned up on 14th December 2020.  Here is 66027 passing through Brighouse with 6E32, 10.05 Colas Ribble Rail to Lindsey Oil Refinery.

 

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I'm assuming todays working was a 'hire-in' due to non-availability of the usual Colas traction and/or crew.  It's not the first time that a DB Cargo locomotive has been substituted, but probably less than a handful of times over the past 6 years.

 

 

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On 15th December 2020, DB Cargo 66013 accelerates away from a signal stop on the approach to Brighouse with empty ‘bin liner’ containers working 6M16, 05.43 Wilton EFW Terminal to Knowsley Freight Terminal.

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On 14/12/2020 at 13:32, 4630 said:

It's almost exactly six years since the contract for the Lindsey Oil Refinery - Preston Docks bitumen tank workings moved from DB Cargo to Colas Rail Freight.

 

Colas operated the service initially using its class 60s, until they were sold on, but for the last few years double-headed class 56s or a solo class 70 have been the booked traction.  Only on a very few occasions in the early days did Colas use one of their class 66s.

 

So it was a bit of a surprise when a DB Cargo 66 turned up on 14th December 2020.  Here is 66027 passing through Brighouse with 6E32, 10.05 Colas Ribble Rail to Lindsey Oil Refinery.

 

926359044_660276E32Brighouse14122020-RMweb.jpg.e6352132a47260119fe54daceb0de19b.jpg

 

I'm assuming todays working was a 'hire-in' due to non-availability of the usual Colas traction and/or crew.  It's not the first time that a DB Cargo locomotive has been substituted, but probably less than a handful of times over the past 6 years.

 

 

According to local sources the shed was hired in due to the Colas locos been delayed by overrunning engineering work in the Darlington area.

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A new livery was viewed in daylight today on 66150...nothing extravagant but the purpose of it is something to shout about...

 

DB 66150 T&T 66085 - 6X01, Barrow

We are the future


I headed to Barrow on Trent today in the rain to see DB's 66150, now sporting a 'We are the future' slogan. The reason for this is evident on a sticker on the fuel tank - HVO - meaning Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil. The fuel can be used with diesel as a mixture or purely on its own, without any modification to the engine or fuel system. Clearly tests with a class 67 on the load bank at Toton were deemed successful - is this the future?

 

The loco topped the 6X01 Scunthorpe Trent TC to Eastleigh East Yard working, conveying a full compliment of new continuous welded rail (CWR). Unusually, this working was today DBC-operated, and also unusually, 66085 was tagging on the rear. Before anyone asks, no; I didn't smell anything akin to a chippy or fried vegetables from the exhaust!!

 

DB 66085 - 6X01, Barrow


And for good measure, 66761 went the other way just before with 6X44 conveying a rake of lengthy IFA tilting point carriers from Bescot to Toton:

 

GBRf 66761 - 6X44, Barrow


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The regular light engine movements by Freightliner between their Leeds Midland Road depot and Crewe Basford Hall are usually routed via the Huddersfield line.  It's unusual for them to be routed via the Calder Valley, but I knew the depot still had a couple of unusual visitors and the reporting code was a bit of a hint.

 

On 17th December 2020 Freightliner 66590 rumbles along with 90049 and 86632 in tow approaching Brighouse with 0M86, 13.14 Leeds Balm Road to Crewe Basford Hall.

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After its trip to Eastleigh as photographed by @Jack374, the red pair migrated to Westbury last night and are due to work a rail train at the weekend. Indeed I think it's they set they took to Eastleigh!

 

Veg for the future

DB Cargo have recently been trialling vegetable oil as a future replacement for diesel. 66150 is the chosen 66 and as well as HVO on the fuel tank, has it has "We are the future" on the body side. Seen here stabled atop 14 Falcons of ballast in Westbury Down Yard, waiting it's next duty after coming light from Eastleigh last night. A bit more about info on the new fuel source here https://uk.dbcargo.com/rail-uk-en/metaNavi/news/DB-Cargo-UK-and-Network-Rail-conduct-landmark-track-testing-of-HVO-fuel-5803692

It's not a new repaint in red, but the white handrails, yellow handles etc have all been touched up for a close to ex works finish. It's a Flickr link, so click it if you want to see it big!

 

Jo

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